Criminal case against Father Linton dismissed

Anglican priest was arrested outside a San Bernardino Planned Parenthood last year

Life Legal Defense Foundation Senior Staff Counsel Allison Aranda was in court yesterday on behalf of Father James Linton, the Anglican priest who was arrested outside of a San Bernardino Planned Parenthood on October 7, 2016. At no time was Father Linton on Planned Parenthood’s property—but that did not stop the abortion facility's director from calling the police and having … [Read more...]

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Supreme Court rejects challenge to gay-conversion-therapy ban

High court turns down appeal of California's prohibition on treatment aimed at turning youths under age 18 away from homosexuality

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact California's ban on "gay conversion" therapy aimed at turning youths under age 18 away from homosexuality, rejecting a Christian minister's challenge to the law asserting it violates religious rights. The justices, turning away a challenge to the 2012 law for the second time in three years, let stand a lower court's ruling that it … [Read more...]

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Trump administration won’t drop contraceptive mandate appeal

Instead of withdrawing government's case, Justice Department asks federal appeals court for 60 extra days to negotiate an agreement with plaintiffs

With President Donald Trump’s administration signaling that it is not dropping the HHS mandate cases against religious non-profits, plaintiffs are concerned that the action does not reflect promises made during the presidential campaign. “The government has a chance to do the right thing here. It got it wrong for five years in these cases, almost six years,” said Eric … [Read more...]

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Anti-discrimination measure or blow to religious freedom?

California bishops oppose bill that would prohibit firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock, say it would violate First Amendment right "to infuse our codes of conduct with the tenets of our faith"

A measure that would bar employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock is getting pushback from religious groups who say such a bill would prevent them from requiring employees to act in accordance with their faith. Under the bill by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), employers would not be able to discipline … [Read more...]

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A lot more than pensions at stake in case before Supreme Court

Could determine whether religious orders are considered part of the Church under the law

A Supreme Court case about pension plans of religious hospitals could decide something much bigger – whether religious groups are legally part of churches. “There’s really a big problem if you decide ‘church’ is sort of narrowly ‘worship’,” said Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. “That’s really something that a church should be … [Read more...]

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Head reattached to St. Serra statue in Monterey’s Lower Presidio Park

Statue was vandalized more than a year ago, police say they will coordinate a security plan to keep it from happening again

The head of the St. Junipero Serra statue in the Lower Presidio Historic Park in Monterey has been reattached to the rest of its form after being vandalized more than a year ago. City officials and police say they will coordinate a security plan to keep it from happening again. “The consideration now is the physical security of the site itself,” said Jim Laughlin, a Presidio … [Read more...]

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Trump preparing new executive order to protect religious freedom

Draft of the proposed order was circulated among political activists in Washington, prompting enthusiasm from religious leaders and criticism from secular liberals

President Donald Trump is preparing to release a new executive order, designed to protect religious freedom. Speaking on February 2 at the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump said that religious freedom is “a right under threat all around us.” He promised: “My administration will do everything in its power to protect religious liberty in this land.” As the President was … [Read more...]

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